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"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

Abraham Lincoln - Former U.S. President

Prohibition in Oz

The Three Conspirators : Harry Anslinger

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 Harry Anslinger

An Assistant U.S. Commissioner for Prohibition, Harry Anslinger was made head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics by the then Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew Mellon (his uncle-in-law).

The intense focus of his career became an assault on hemp, directed through the label "Marihuana" - the Mexican slang name for high-T.H.C. hemp plant. It is said that racial hatred fueled Anslinger's fervid character assassination of cannabis, but one must also question the convenience of his obsessive moral crusade to the vested interests of his mentor, Uncle Andrew.

In 1937 Anslinger testified before Congress. During his address he stated that 50% of all violent crimes committed in the U.S. were, in fact, committed by Spaniards, Mexican- or Latin-Americans, Negroes, Filipinos, & Greeks, and that, further, these crimes could be traced directly to the use by these racial groups of the evil weed, Marijuana. He stated that:

"Marihuana was the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind",

a substantial contribution to the passing of the Marijuana Tax Bill (December, 1937), the beginning of prohibition as we still know it today.

Harry ruled the Narcotics Bureau for 31 years before being forced to retire in less than honourable circumstances by President John F.Kennedy in 1962, after trying to censor Professor Alfred Lindsmiths treatise "The Addict & the Law" (Washington Post, 1961), and "blackmail and harass" the professor's employer, Indiana University.